The mainboard is bad. Replacement parts:
If you have ATI X300 video:
If you have Intel integrated video,
well it could be the mainboard or it could just be that the battery and adapter are dead, my inspiron 1501's battery and adapter both died at the same time and its only a year and 2 months old.
check and asee if the battery and adapter are bad first then move on to the powerjack, mainboard, and that stuff. if you need a new battery or AC adapter, then these links should be helpful.
Best of luck
If the LED on the adapter comes on when it's plugged into the wall but not the system, and goes out when the notebook end is connected, the mainbord is the faulty part.
i think i can shed some light on this problem, you see i have gone through six chargers in 3 years with my laptop and i hate to say this about a company that used to be known for quality but all of the products dell releases now are made to break and i know why, if you have any technical knowledge of how an ac adapter is put together you knkow its a barrel and a pin, the pin being hollow on the side that wraps aroud the wire wick carries a current, and then its secured with rubber and no solder, this will cause the wires to frey and short circuit and if you pull away all of that rubber on the tip of your adapter and make it "naked" you can take those freyed wires and straiten them out and reset the center wire (thats the one thats most likely causing your problem because the one on the ouside of the barrel is just soldered to the metal that makes the barrel) inside of the metal sleeve and then do something dell doesnt want you toknow that they dont do SOLDER THE WIRE IN PLACE(ie they want to charge $80 for a charger thats going to break down but the dick about it is that they knew that when they didnt solder the tip it would lead to these things so ever since the dell cpi500ht they have been overcharging people for their shotty equiptment that isnt even worth the materials its made of)i knwo this is probably long and hard to read so if anyone would like me to either show them a picture or personally explain this to them over the phone post to me and i will give you my number
P.S. i have had a 100% with additionall extra credit in my electronics class 5 quarters in a row(includes last year)
Hello EJN. I'm helping a friend with her Inspiron 6000 and I'm having the same issue. I have a couple of newer Dell laptops so I was able to do the following:
1. Inspiron 6000-plug in with its charger, light on charger goes from green to off.
2. Newer laptop with charger from Inspiron 6000: Charger works fine, so I'm thinking my friend's charger is OK. BTW, all ratings on the chargers are the same and so is the plug.
3. Plug in newer charger into Dell Inspiron 6000, light on charger goes from blue to off. Unplug and plug either charger back in and lights come back on.
So, it seems, I have a bad motherboard. JUST would like your opinion. EBay has motherboards for the Inspiron 6000. I know that's risky business. But are you confident that replacing the motherboard, making sure the attached "powerboard" is present, is the solution? It's an old laptop and I don't mind risking around $100.00...but not much more than that. Thanks for your help and I won't be mad if I follow advice that turns out wrong. Thanks again.
Another alternative would be to see if the board you have can be repaired - www.aqstech.com is one reliable repair shop. The cost should be about $100.